The Troy Trojans are down one more quarterback this fall with the news that 2016 early enrollee Ramsey Rigby has decided to leave the program. He was one of two early enrollees at quarterback from the 2016 recruiting class, joining Sawyer Smith in spring drills.
Rigby was a two-star recruit out of Elba, Alabama and the son of Troy women's basketball head coach Chanda Rigby. The dual threat quarterback threw for just over 2,400 yards as a senior in 2015 and spent the spring of 2016 enrolled with the Trojans.
Rigby and Sawyer were in a two man battle to earn playing time behind starter Brandon Silvers. According to the 2016 post-spring depth chart, Smith was listed as the current backup.
While there is a good chance that losing out on the backup role was a part of the reason for his transfer, Rigby's father has stated that the reason for his departure has more to do with a poor fit in the Troy offense. The freshman will instead be heading to the FCS ranks to play for the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
The loss of Rigby has the Trojans in a very precarious spot as Silvers is the only non-freshman quarterback on the roster. Rigby is the second quarterback to sign with Troy under the Neal Brown era and not make it to the season. Gardner Minshew signed out of Brandon, Mississippi in 2015, but instead went the JUCO route before signing with East Carolina as a part of the 2016 recruiting class.
Along with backup Sawyer Smith, the have freshmen Kaleb Barker, Kade Young, and Johnathan Ortner listed on the 2016 roster.
Let's take a look at the remaining quarterbacks on the roster.
Brandon Silvers: The rising junior is a two-year starter after sitting in 2013 as a redshirt. He has thrown for 4,214 yards and 31 touchdowns, while adding 237 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He is the unquestioned starter and his heal will determine how good the Trojans will be this fall.
Sawyer Smith: The incoming freshman was an early enrollee as part of the 2016 recruiting class. He is a three-star recruit from Cantonment, Florida. Smith was the #202 overall recruit in Florida and one-time commit to UCF. Smith chose Troy over offers from Mississippi State, Syracuse, UCF, USF, Southern Miss, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, and Air Force. He won the backup job in the spring and is expected to hold that role this fall.
Kade Young: The incoming freshman is a preferred walk-on from American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa. He threw for over 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading the Patriots to the second round of the Class AAA playoffs. He will bring added depth to the position and could turn into a solid backup later in his career.
Kaleb Barker: The incoming freshman from Decatur was named the Alabama 4A Back of the Year and Huntsville Region Player of the Year after tallying 4,343 yards of total offensive and 52 touchdowns as a senior at Priceville High School. He finished 2,848 passing yards and 31 touchdowns 1,495 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. Baker was a two-star recruit and the #78 player in Alabama in 2016. He is on scholarship as part of the 2016 recruiting class.
Johnathan Ortner: He is listed as a freshman and participated in spring practice. He played his high school football in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Orther was a three-year starter and threw for more than 6,500 yards and 84 touchdowns during his high school career that ended in 2014. Signed with DIII program Huntington College out of high school but was not on the 2015 roster. He is a walk-on at Troy.